Current Sermon Series: Closer. Being Passionate Disciples

Genesis 18:20-33, Colossians 2:6-19, Matthew 9:35-38, 10:1


Current Sermon Series

It’s hot outside right now, but how is your faith?  Are you in the doldrums, or are you on fire for Christ?  Join us as we begin a new sermon series, Closer: Being Passionate Disciples. Find out how you can draw closer to Jesus and become a more passionate follower of Him!


Announcements & Updates

Commissioning Our Teachers – August 11th

We will be commissioning our 2019-2020 Holy Cross Lutheran Academy teachers as well as praying for all teachers in the field of Education on Sunday, August 11th at the 11:00am service.

Save the Date – LWML FL-GA District Retreat

Join us for JOY in September! “A Woman of Joy” is the theme for our LWML FL-GA District Retreat at Lake Yale Baptist Conference Center, Leesburg, FL, September 27-29, 2019. Deb Burma is the retreat leader for our study of Philippians, Paul’s letter of JOY.

Save the Date – Family Serve Grace and Grits

The next date for Grace and Grits is Wednesday, August 21st as we serve meals to those in Sanford that are in need.

Position Opening – Lower Campus

HCLA Lower Campus is looking for a part time kitchen staff. Send resumes to

Back to School

It is less than two weeks until school starts, many of the stores are having fantastic savings on school supplies. Please pick up a few of the items on the list in the narthex so we can help out the children right here in Lake Mary. Help these children start the new school year off right.

Family Game Night – August 23rd

Ready for a fun night out with other families?  Join us for Game Night at Holy Cross Community Center on Friday, August 23rd 6:30pm-8:30pm.  Bring drinks for your family and a snack to share.   You are welcome to bring a favorite game to add to the pile – but we will have plenty to choose from.   RSVP to Sara Russell at or send a text to 773-710-6871.

Pastor Matt’s Tuesday Bible Study

Tuesday night Bible class has started in the Community Center from 6:30pm-8:00pm.  We are studying service, and how we deal with and help those in need both in our community and in the world. Based on the book, When Helping Hurts, this is a pastor led Bible study with both video and workbook components. As usual lots of good discussion as we look at these issues from a biblical and societal perspective. See you there!

Confirmation Program

Parents, we invite your 7th & 8th grade students to join us for our 2019-2020 confirmation class! Our confirmation program is a small group based, interactive experience that gives students the opportunity to explore and confirm their faith in Jesus Christ. We meet weekly on Wednesday nights 6:30pm-8:00pm through the school year (with holiday breaks). Confirmation is a two-year experience in which students will learn about their faith, become familiar with the Bible, with prayer and will develop a personal testimony. This upcoming year is called “The Foundation”. We’ll be working our way through Luther’s small catechism, which covers the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, the Apostles Creed and the Sacraments. In addition to the weekly meetings there are three retreats spaced throughout the year where our students can grow in community with one another and dive a little deeper into the material we’ll be covering during the year. There is an annual supply/retreat fee of $100.  Any questions, contact Daniel Robison at Register online at

Middle School Summer Adventure Day Registration

Our next trip will be July 31st to the Little Wekiva River for canoeing.

Registration is required –  Cost $25/youth.

Joy to the World – 2019-21 LCMS National Offering

This July, elected delegates and visitors from around the world will gather in Tampa for the 67th Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. This special collection of monetary gifts sets the tone for our next triennium under the theme “Joy to the World”, preparing hearts for prayerful rejoicing, gratitude and bold action. In the Narthex, there are information packets.

HCLA – Enrolling Now for 2019-2020

Do you want your child to love learning and to be prepared for what lies ahead? Would you like them to learn Christian values and principles at school?  Holy Cross Lutheran Academy is enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year.  Contact the school office at 407-936-3636 to schedule a tour and learn more about HCLA.   They have programs for preschool through 12th grade.


L Team News

Divine Dollies – August 6th

Join the ladies on August 6th at Toojay’s Deli & Bakery located at 3577 Lake Emma Road, Lake Mary, FL 32746 for lunch at 11:30am. To make reservations call Mary Charles (407-688-7575).

Second Tuesday Lunch Bunch – August 13th

Join the ladies on August 13th at Bahama Breeze located at 1540 Rinehart Road Sanford, FL 32771 for lunch at 11:30am. To make reservations call Laura Seelen (407-203-7291).

Ladies Bible Study – August 22nd

All ladies are welcome to join us for our monthly Bible Study to be held on August 22nd at 6:30pm upstairs in classroom one. If you have any questions please contact Sharon Shyrock at

Book Club – August 26th

Join the Book Club on Monday, August 26th at 7:00pm for discussion of “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak led by Jill Drake.

BUNCO – August 27th

Come fellowship and have FUN on Tuesday, August 27th at 11:30am with brown bag lunch, games start at noon in the Community Center. Prizes awarded for most BUNCO, most wins, most losses, and whatever with bagged white elephant items provided by the players.


Prayers of the Church   

Prayers of Thanksgiving

Margaret Ruehle installation as Deaconess at Grace Lutheran Church St. Petersburg, Florida on Sunday, July 28th

Lori & Scott Hill as they celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary

Gertrude Lopeman as she celebrates her 80th birthday

Kristen Hench as she celebrated her 40th birthday


Prayers of Healing

Pati May prayers of peace, comfort and strength; God be with Pati and her family

Marisol Pagan diagnosed with thyroid cancer; prayers for successful surgery on August 5th and for complete healing and wholeness

Xavier Heshmaty serious health issues, prayers for complete healing and return to good health

Hudson Curren (Phil Curren’s Grandson) 10 month-old in medically induced coma; prayers for healing and to find cause of seizures


General Prayer

We pray today for our nation and our world. We ask that God would be with all of our leaders and elected officials; we pray that He would bring peace to the world.


Prayers for Healing from Cancer

Barbara Bechtold

Robert Bowes

Karen Brett

Texann Buck

Becky Burrell

Jack Cadden

Theresa Ciullo

Andrea Clark

Joey DiFazio

Wayne Dose

Karin Duggins

Deb Fadool

Tosha Feldmann

Carla Ford

Michael Francis

Ron Frederickson

Jerry Gross

Dana Grimes

Courtney Guenther

Dennis Halloran

Bob Hamilton

Todd Haynes

Steve Homan

Marlin Houser

Alan Kimball

Lynne Kramer

Al Laruffa

Michelle LeBlanc

Lori Luedtke

Jean Mactye

Denise Melendez

John Metz

Judy McBride

Desmond Niburg

Dan Olson

Marisol Pagan

Irmgard Pommerening

Sue Puglisi

Dave Riker

Martin Rodriguez

Karen Schlue

Johnathan Smith

Gary Starkweather


“Casting a light to help those who are lost find their way in Christ”


Sunday Services at 8:00am, 9:30am and 11:00am in the Worship Center

Monday Service at 6:30pm in the Community Center

Pastor Matt Wallis (

Pastor Chris Johnson (

Executive Pastor CFLCN: Pastor Paul Hoyer (